Team

Desmond Crichton - General Counsel

Desmond Crichton is a transactional lawyer with 30+ years of oil & gas experience in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and Australia. From 2003 to 2015, he worked at Royal Dutch Shell. Prior to that, Mr Crichton worked for 20+ years in legal, commercial and management roles at BHP Petroleum, Hamilton Brothers, Hudbay Oil and BP.

Robert Whelan - Financial Controller & Company Secretary

Robert Whelan is a chartered accountant with 15+ years of finance experience. Previously, he was the financial controller of Cove Energy plc, which was sold for £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) to Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Ltd (PTTEP). Mr Whelan has a degree in Business Studies & Spanish, Commerce from Dublin City University (Ireland).

Joe English - Exploration Manager

Joe English is a petroleum geoscientist with 15+ years experience working in the oil and gas industry in Europe, Africa, North America and the Middle East. Joe received his BA in geology from Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland) and his BSc in Mathematics and Physics from The Open University (UK). He also received a PhD in geology from the University of Victoria (Canada). Previously, Joe was Chief Geologist at Petroceltic International, and prior to that he worked on various exploration projects with Nexen Inc. and EnCana Corp. Joe is a chartered geologist under the Geological Society of London, and is a two-time recipient of AAPG’s Cam Sproule Memorial Award.

Bernard André - Senior Geophysicist

Bernard André is a geophysicist with 45+ years of oil & gas experience in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and North America. Previously, he was the senior geophysicist of Cove Energy plc, which was sold for £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) to Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Ltd (PTTEP). Prior to this, Mr André worked in several major oil & gas companies incl. 25 years at ExxonMobil and 5 years at Repsol-YPF. Bernard André has a post-doctorate degree in Geology from the University of Nancy (France).

Ian Reid - Senior Petrophysicist

Ian Reid is a petrophysicist with 35+ years of international oil & gas experience. Previously, he worked for 25+ years at Royal Dutch Shell in a number of senior technical roles. He has extensive expertise over a wide range of geological settings and across the full petroleum development cycle. Ian Raid has an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University (UK) and an M.Phil from Newcastle Polytechnic (UK).

Jan Willem Roosch - Senior Reservoir Engineer

Jan Willem Roosch is a petroleum engineer with 45+ years of oil & gas experience in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Previously, he was the senior reservoir engineer of Cove Energy plc, which was sold for £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) to Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Ltd (PTTEP). For the past 10 years, he has been active as a petroleum engineering consultant incl. for ING. Prior to that, Mr. Roosch worked for 35+ years at Royal Dutch Shell in a number of senior technical roles. Jan Willem Roosch has an Msc in Mining Engineering from Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands).

Eric Murris - Senior Development Engineer

Eric Murris is a petroleum engineer with 35+ years of oil & gas experience in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Russia and South America. Previously, he worked at OMV in a senior technical management position. Prior to this, he worked for 30+ years at Royal Dutch Shell in a number of senior technical roles incl. as project leader of several major upstream projects. Eric Murris has an MSc in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands).

Ries Langereis - Senior Drilling Engineer

Ries Langereis is a drilling engineer with 45+ years of international oil & gas experience. Previously, he was the wells manager of Cove Energy plc, which was sold for £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) to Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Ltd (PTTEP). Prior to that, Mr Langereis worked for 30+ years at Royal Dutch Shell in a number of senior technical roles, with particular exposure to Asia and Africa. More recently, he also worked for Cameron International and Schlumberger Business Consulting. Ries Langereis has an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands).

Paul Micklethwaite - Senior Petroleum Economist

Paul Micklethwaite is a petroleum economist with 35+ years of oil & gas experience in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia. From 2001 to 2014 he worked at BG Group incl. as Group Economics Manager for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and global LNG. Prior to that, he worked as an economist at Enterprise Oil, BHP Billiton, British Gas, BP and Britoil. Mr Micklethwaite has an BA in Business Studies (Hons) from Abertay University (UK).

Gordon Aird - Taxation & Corporate Structuring Advisor

Gordon Aird is a taxation & corporate structuring specialist with 30+ years of international oil & gas experience. Previously, he was the taxation advisor of Cove Energy plc, which was sold for £1.2 billion (US$1.9 billion) to Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Ltd (PTTEP). Mr Aird started his career as a UK inspector of taxes, before moving to the commercial side with International Thomson in the UK North Sea. He took then control of tax planning for Occidental's UK Continental Shelf operations and then assumed charge of global taxation matters for LASMO for 10 years, chairing the Brindex tax committee in that time. Thereafter, he became a director of Enron’s European wind and upstream business, helping to create tax efficient structures. Since then, Mr Aird has been primarily working in international structuring for international oil & gas groups.

Heidi Cassidy - Office Manager (London)

Heidi Cassidy has 15+ years of experience at Cove Energy plc, Bacardi Global Brands, Royal Dutch Shell and Agip KCO.

Pascale Giordano - Office Manager (Dublin)

Pascale Giordano has 15+ years of experience at Falcon Oil & Gas, Cove Energy plc, Petroceltic International and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.